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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Limerick Fire Service to make record breaking attempt

As we mentioned on Wednesday, members of the Limerick City Fire service will be attempting to break a world record this weekend by climbing ladders for 24 hours straight

In order to beat the record, held by the Fire service in New Zealand, the 10 man crew will have to scale ladders a minimum of 46 times per hour in the 24 period.

Limerick Firefighter Paul Knapp said it’s all being done to raise funds for a good cause,

“We’re having the 10metre scaffold put up outside Debenhams for the climb and OMC Engineering are kindly lending us three stainless steel poles that we can slide down once we’re finished our climbs, We’ve even waxed our legs which should make it a little bit easier! It will be a real test of our endurance but the important thing is that we will be raising valuable funds for Red Hill School and we hope lots of people will cheer us on and donate to what is a very worthy cause.”
With it being a 24 hour ordeal, fundraising to support the feat will take place around the city and with the attempt due to end during half time at the Munster v Clermont match on Saturday afternoon in Thomand Park, its hoped the successful record break can be announced to the stadium crowd.

The climb will take place from 4pm tomorrow (Friday) outside Debenhams in O’Connell Street and the lads are asking the public to come along and support them the attempt. From what we gather, Local radio station will be broadcasting live from O Connell Street all day. It’s also reported Pat Shortt will kick off the proceedings

The New Zealand crew climbed a total of 109.5km or around 65 miles to capture the record.

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